Underground on Long Island there are vast aquifers filled with water, some closer to the surface and more susceptible to polluting influences, others deep with pristine waters thousands of years old. Water knows no boundaries. The water in the aquifers flows in various directions based on geology, not political boundaries.
I would like to thank the wonderful residents of Nassau County for their support on Election Day. I am honored and privileged to have been re-elected to serve as your Nassau County Clerk.
I would also like to thank the many volunteers, colleagues, neighbors and friends who gave so much of their time and efforts in support of my re-election.
In my years as a public servant, I have advocated for government that is accountable and accessible. Since taking office as County Clerk, I have sought to both modernize and personalize the services provided to the thousands of residents who interact with my office. Your support has enabled me to continue my work to provide sound government service on your behalf, for which I am truly grateful.
Again, my heartfelt thanks for your continued support.
The Udalls Cove Preservation Committee (UCPC) announced the start of a significant restoration project in the Virginia Point portion of Udalls Cove Park and Preserve. The work will be carried in an area located immediately north of the northern terminus of Little Neck Parkway.
The rectangular shaped parcel to be restored is now heavily overgrown with invasive species of vegetation – primarily mugwort and porcelainberry. The restoration project will start with removal of this weedy growth, followed by grubbing out the roots to minimize regrowth, and then replanting with a variety of appropriate, indigenous species of trees and shrubs. The new plantings will be surrounded with wood chip mulch to further suppress growth of weeds.
Seven years of turmoil, conflict and political divides came to a resolution last night as the board of the Town of North Hempstead voted unanimously to approve a $60 million bond to construct a combined sewage treatment plant on East Shore Road that will not only meet and exceed environmental standards, but will be cheaper to operate and maintain than the two existing plants.
All of the players acknowledged that Supervisor Jon Kaiman has prodded, “sometimes none too gently” and pushed to solve the disputes and hone the budget for the facility. The packed house at Town Hall applauded and cheered after the final votes were cast.
Supervisor Jon Kaiman remarked, “Tonight marks the beginning of achieving extraordinary goals. We will fulfill our obligations to take care of sewage in a responsible, environmentally sound way and our fiduciary responsibilities to spend the money wisely and prudently.” He stated that it has been a public process, has been the vehicle for a voluntary consolidation of two entities, and he promised that the town will “aggressively pursue grants and stimulus money” for these environmental upgrades.
The library board’s traveling presentation, showing the various options for renovating/expanding the Main library, came to the Parkville branch area in North New Hyde Park and was cut short and met with protests that “it’s too much money and people are out of work here.” It appeared that the topic of spending money at Main tapped into a well of long held, simmering resentments and feelings of not really belonging to the Great Neck community, even though the residents there pay taxes and are served by the school district and library system.
“Happy is a relative word,” said U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, when asked if he is happy with the health care bill recently passed in the House of Representatives. Meeting with the Anton Newspapers’ editors last week, the congressman said, “I’m glad the bill passed … but we could have done better.” Congressman Ackerman said that the bill is not his “ideal,” but that at least this was “progress.”
Alan Cohen, husband, father, and graduate of Roslyn High School, has an aggressive form of leukemia, and is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant.
The best chance for a match will be in Jews of Ashkenazic descent. Alan is one out of thousands of patients in need of a bone marrow transplant and you could be their only hope.
The sponsors call it, the “Empowerment Act” for short, but local governments are calling it, the “Disenfranchisement Act” because the sweeping legislation passed this June, going into effect in March 2010, requires voters to vote to dissolve or consolidate local government before they know whether such actions would save money, or not.
“There’s a lot of confusion about the Act and it’s up to you to educate your residents so they’ll know that signing a petition for dissolution sets into motion a complicated, expensive process where the cart is before the horse,” said Wade Beltramo, special counsel for the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) to a roomful of mayors and village officials from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties at a special meeting held at Mineola High School on Oct. 29. Mr. Beltramo spent the evening giving a quick course in the new act, which is summarized below.
With his election hanging on recounts and absentee ballots and after what some political operatives called a lackluster campaign, Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi grabbed the headlines after his Op-Ed piece ran in Newsday on Sunday. His analysis of why he did not receive a mandate to run the county was that voters were angry that he had not brought down their property taxes. His solution? “Give the control of our schools to the county executive.” He sees himself as the “victim” of the property tax revolt because he thinks that voters held him accountable for school taxes over which he has no control. He writes, “County executive control, if passed by the New York State Legislature, would both reduce costs and improve educational quality.”
“This rally is to get New York state, the state legislature, and the governor to change the law passed in June … a law with no other purpose than to make money,” said Saddle Rock Mayor J. Leonard Samansky, president of the Great Neck Village Officials Association. The GNVOA, along with the Great Neck Park District, the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District, the Manhasset-Lakeville Water/Fire District, and the Long Island Special District Association, hosted an Oct. 26 rally calling for amendments to the state’s law that now permits easier consolidation or dissolution of local municipalities (i.e. villages and special districts), often with little say from the residents involved.
At the podium with GNPD Chair Robert Lincoln, New York State Senator Craig Johnson, and New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Mayor Samansky noted the presence of many public officials, calling the two state legislators “the two champions of this effort.”
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